As you may know from my Instagram/Facebook page (or by personally knowing me, let’s not forget that:p), I have recently finished my 5th year as a Medical student. Only one more year is left! It’s amazing how fast time passes by. So, I thought, why not write 5 lessons that I have learned (the hard way), during the past 5 years of my life, as a Med student? This can serve as an inspiration to you, but also to me -every time I neglect one of these points, I can come back here, read what I wrote and start all over again.
Here we go!
1.Find your own study method
We are all different, never forget that. Some people learn better by reading, some by listening to lectures. Some by watching videos, some by engaging in practical activities. Find your own method of studying and learning! Experiment, talk to others to get ideas and try them out, to see for yourself. But always keep in mind that there is no “best” method to study and learn. Each one of us is different and the more you experiment, the faster you will find the best way for your own brain and set of skills.
2.Do not compare yourself to others
Never, ever do that. Each person is different. We all have a different past, a different present and a different future. Do not compare your own story, to anyone else’s story. Yes, somebody got a better grade than you in that test. It does not mean you are a failure. It does not make the other person better, as a whole. Do not let one thing that you consider to be “failure” to label the whole You as a “failure”. Events are this: just events. They are not labels. You will have plenty of opportunities in the future to prove your abilities and value. Learn from your mistakes, and then move on.
3.Do not neglect your family and friends
When you are a Med student, sometimes days are all the same. You wake up, go to the Clinic, return home, eat, study, eat, sleep. And repeat it. When every day is the same, time seems to stay still. It seems that you are trapped in an infinite loop. But you are not. Time (at least in the way that we are able to perceive it) is always moving forward. To us, every day might seem to be the same, but this is not true: our relatives are getting older, our friends are growing and their lives are changing, too.
If someone is important, find time for them. I know that our schedule can be unbearable sometimes, but never forget the people who are important to you. When you finally stop and pay attention to them, you will realise that you have lost precious time, which will never come back.
4.Do not neglect your hobbies
It’s easy to get lost in all these academic responsibilities and neglect your hobbies. But if you spend time doing things that you enjoy apart from Med school, you will see yourself concentrating more easily, being more productive, and finding hard work more bearable (even enjoyable!). Do not forget to spend some time every day doing the things that make you happy to be alive!
5.Do not forget the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity
A healthy diet and an adequate amount of physical activity are crucial for your well-being. It’s much easier to eat something unhealthy and “fast”, when you are too busy studying. However, in the long-term, a bad diet will make your brain foggy, your body will get exhausted faster, your mood will get worse and your energy levels will drop. Same thing applies to physical activity. Leading a healthy lifestyle is not just a suggestion, it is a need. Plus, it serves as a good example to our patients. : )
What are the lessons that you have learned during your studies? It would be great if you could share them with us!